RLJ has acquired Naylor, an association management company that runs 17 tradeshows and late in 2012 itself acquired Global Exchange Events, which held 14 appointment-based events this year and expects to hold 25 in 2014.
Among the tradeshows Naylor currently manages are InterBev, American Food Fair and Motorcoach Expo.
RLJ, based in Bethesda, Md., is a private equity firm founded in 2006 by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and the RLJ Companies. Naylor has been owned since 2005 by Los Angeles-based Clarity Partners.
Besides tradeshow management, Naylor offers a number of services to a roster of nearly 500 associations in the United States and Canada.
Jerry L. Johnson, RLJ Equity Partners’ managing director, will become Naylor’s chairman.
Naylor CEO Alex DeBarr says in a statement, “Jerry and the RLJ team will provide us great access to human and financial resources.”
DeBarr says Naylor’s management team and business structure will remain intact and it will continue to be based in Gainesville, Fla., with four other offices around the U.S. and Canada.
“RLJ wants to support our existing strategy for serving the needs of associations,” DeBarr says.